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Studio Snapshot – Lettering Envelopes For My Holiday Cards

With my Christmas Santa cards done (see DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards), I’ve switched my focus to lettering the envelopes in which to send them.

I decided on shades of red for the calligraphy on the envelopes for my Santa cards.

I decided on shades of red for the calligraphy on the envelopes for my Santa cards.

Looking at my Santa cards, I decided I needed to letter my envelopes in reds. I started with a light red and went back in with a darker red. Then I outlined the letters and embellished them a bit. And I added hearts, just because I thought they added just the right amount of additional red that was needed.

Envelopes for my Holiday Cards.

Envelopes for my Holiday Cards.

I think they look great. Now to finish addressing them and get them in the mail. A number of them are going overseas, so I hope they arrive in time.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

My Christmas cards this year are a graphic image of Santa made from cut and torn pieces of red, white and tan paper. These are easy to make and would be a fun project to do with children.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

Materials: I used red paper, beige paper and white paper. For the torn white paper, I tried both a printmaking paper  (unknown brand from my stash) and 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. Both worked well, but I really liked how the soft printmaking paper tore. For my adhesive I used double sided tape, but glue stick would work well. You want an adhesive that isn’t very wet because that would wrinkle the paper. I also used a black marker, a light brown marker and blush makeup. In lieu of blush makeup, a crayon or pastel or chalk would work, possibly a marker.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

Instructions for 5″ by 7″ card:

  1. I used red paper, beige paper and white printmaking paper (light weight watercolor paper would work well too). Text weights are fine for the red and beige papers.
  2. Cut red paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste it on the top of the card (I used double stick tape, but glue stick would work as well).
  3. Cut beige paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste under the red paper.
  4. Tear a white paper and paste it between the red and beige paper.
  5. For the beard, tear a piece of white paper that is 5″ wide and play around with making it look like a beard. When you are happy with the way it looks, trim the bottom of the paper to where the bottom of the card will be and glue to the card.
  6. Decorate your Santa. Black pen for eyes and mouth. Colored pen for nose. Makeup blush for the cheeks, or use a crayon or marker.
My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

Next step is to write messages and address the envelopes.

Enjoy, Candy

Angel of the Deep On Display

Angels Show

I’m pleased to say my latest watercolor and gouache painting “Angel of the Deep”  will join other artworks in the Fourth Annual Angels Show at GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville OR for the month of December.  GoodBean Coffee is located at 165 S Oregon St in historic Jacksonville, OR.

Angel Of The Deep by M. Stermer-Cox

About the Show

Hosted by GoodBean Coffee Company, Hannah West Designs and Southern Oregon Artists Resource, the Angels Show features artwork by local artists using a variety of media.  You are invited to see the display of fine art daily during normal business hours (6am to 6pm).

Opening Reception

The show’s special opening reception is on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 4pm.  If you are in the area, your are heartily invited to come in and join in the festivities.  You will be able to meet many of the artists while enjoying stories of angels and, naturally, the artwork.

Angels Show Quote by Hannah West

About My Mermaid-Angel

I created my mermaid-angel design just for fun.  To explain, I enjoy seeing what my imagination can come up with once an idea pops into my head.  I have a dialogue, so to speak, with my pencil, paper and paint.  We work together until the crazy idea of a mermaid-angel starts to take shape. And, the more I think about my subject, the mermaid-angel in this case, stories form in my head.

Consider this, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to be at home at sea or in the air; to swim, or fly?  My mermaid-angel can move between air, land and water, which I think would be exciting.

And, what would a mermaid-angel do?  I think of my mermaid-angel as an empathetic care-taker and protector of the oceans and all the sea creatures.  I can see her helping turtles, dolphins and other animals caught in nets, for example.

A Little About the Painting

This is one of the few paintings I’ve done where I use gouache along with watercolor.   I had a moment of inspiration, a “what if I do this” moment.  So, I pulled out a tube of gouache and started painting away.  Fun!

For those of you not familiar with gouache, it is an opaque watercolor and mixes well with “regular” transparent watercolor.  I used it on the wings and on the figure’s skin.

Oh, yes, I framed the painting and you may purchase my mermaid-angel during the show for $275.  Happily.  *Update!  My “Angel of the Deep” is sold!  Thank you Hannah West and GoodBean Coffee!  (Woohoo!)

 

Please Stop By

I do hope you will stop by the Good Bean Coffee this December and see all the festive angels.  I’m closing with the official publicity poster for the Angels Show.  Thank you Hannah West for permission to include the poster!

Angels Show

 

 

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Paper Pop Up Trees from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

I purchased Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar earlier this fall. The first month is December 2016, so it’s really a 13 month calendar along with a paper project for each month including instructions and templates.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Trees from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

In addition to the calendar, I also purchased a custom paper pack which includes paper and materials for each project. I haven’t used my custom paper for my Pop Up Tree yet as I want to play around with different possibilities first.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

I made the light green tree first. I just used green copy paper. I used a wrapping paper sample for the green and silver tree. I also put a gold bead on the top and strung gold threat down the inside folds.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

I will be demonstrating this Paper Pop Up Tree in my studio at the Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk this Friday. It’s a fun project, great for adults as well as kids. I will have my calendar there so you can take a look at it and the projects in case you want to purchase one for a gift, or for yourself.

This is December's calendar page.

This is the calendar page for December 2016.

If you would like to purchase your own calendar: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

You can also check out Helen Hiebert’s Facebook page: 25 Days of Paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Creating good composition in your paintings “”Chinese takeout” “

In this video Stefan Baumann it talking about Creating good composition in your paintings “”Chinese takeout” if you want more information on painting go to www.StefanBaumann.com and join a workshop

“Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. Today I count my blessings, of which there are many. Although this past year has been extremely stressful, I have had a great many wonderful experiences and fantastic support from family and friends.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper art with so many people, many of whom I will never meet. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

Love and blessings to all, Candy

Painting Good Composition and Structure To Create Great Art

In this video Stefan Baumann talks about Painting Good Composition and Structure To Create Great Art. This video will have to re-think about everything you know about composition and creating strong structure in your art. for more information on workshops in Mt Shasta Go To www.StefanBaumann.com Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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PaperLove E-course – Weeks 3 and 4

Each week of my online PaperLove E-course has a topic. Week three was “Word” and week 4 was “Book.” It’s been a fun course with lots of history, information, sharing, projects and more.

A little book mobile made with pages from an old book that was falling apart.

A little book mobile made with pages from an old book that was falling apart.

Luckily, I’ll have access to the class for six months. I just haven’t had the time to try everything. I spent a lot of time these past two weeks working on a Capital Campaign Fundraiser. Still, I managed to sneak in time to work on a number of the projects.

Close up of my little books. They're sitting on a page of alphabet writing with a stick dipped in walnut ink.

Close up of my little books. They’re sitting on a page of alphabet writing with a stick dipped in walnut ink. The book pages are quite old and brittle.

The above photo shows some of the books from the book mobile up close. I tore all the pages for the books as well as the covers. The background for this photo is some exploratory alphabet writing. I used a stick and dipped it in walnut ink. It was a bit difficult for me to simply scribble rather than try for good calligraphic form.

Haiku in brush calligraphy.

Haiku in brush calligraphy.

I wrote some Haikus last week, but didn’t have time to write them in calligraphy. The above photo is one I wrote a number of years ago with a brush on Japanese paper.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

My favorite project was making a journal. A friend had given me a roll of old faux leather, probably vinyl. I cut a piece and used it as my cover. The journal has three signatures that are sewn into the spine of the journal.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

I used an old button off of a dress I had years ago. I sewed it to the cover with silk thread. I used the thread to wrap around the book to keep the journal closed. I think I’ll add beads to the threads on the spine.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

It’s been a fun class. You can read about weeks two and three on the links below.

PaperLove E-Course Week 1

PaperLove E-Course Week 2

Enjoy, Candy

 

DIY – Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths

While I’m busy getting ready for a local fundraiser, I thought I would share some of my autumn paper wreathes. These are fun to make.

The colors here say "Thanksgiving" to me.

The colors here say “Thanksgiving” to me.

I’ve made three different autumn paper leaves over the years. While I love them all, the one above is my favorite.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath

Some time back, I saw a burlap-leaf wreath kit in a catalog. Now I don’t particularly care for burlap, but it got me thinking that it would be fun to make a wreath of my own using paper leaves. I have no idea how big the wreat was in the kit, and I can’t even remember which catalog I saw it in But that’s usually the best way for me to go about a project —with a semi-vague idea of what I want to make. That way I’m on my own and not trying to make something exactly the way someone else did.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

This was just a fun project where I didn’t worry about using archival materials. Some of the papers are probably archival, but the cardboard I used for the back of the wreath is definitely not. I used one of my dinner plates as a template for the circle. A compass would work as well, but I tend to work with whatever is close at hand when I jump into a project.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

For my leaves, I made a template out of card stock. After making a shape I liked, I cut it out of the card stock. The template is the shape of half a leaf, so I would cut out a piece of paper 1 and 1/2″ wide and 3 and 1/2″ long, fold it in half, trace around my leaf template in pencil then cut it out. Do you have any idea how many leaves I had to make? Cutting out all those leaves took a lot of time. But, I love the result. I used PVA as my glue because it was nearest to me, but just about any craft glue would work. You could even use a glue gun.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

My first wreath came out fairly well, but it turned out that I hadn’t alligned the leaves as well as I could have. To solve that problem on my second wreath, I drew concentric circles about 1″ apart and lot of radius lines so I could make sure my leaves were all pointing towards the center of the circle.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

It kind of looks like a dart board or archery target. I also made my cardboard base a bit larger as I decided I wanted a slightly larger wreath than the first one. Mat board or foam core could also work for the backing of the wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath

While it takes a little bit of time to cut out the leaves, I think the result is worth the effort.

Enjoy , Candy

 

 

“Mermaid With Net At Night” At The “Icons” Exhibition

Mermaid As Icon

I am pleased to say that my painting “Mermaid With Net at Night” is showing at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford, OR.  To clarify, it is one painting among over 60 works of art in the Annual Member’s Exhibition.

Mermaid With Net At Night by M. Stermer-Cox

Most of all, if you are in the area, I invite you to please attend the artist’s reception on Friday, November 18th from 5 to 8 pm.

Should you miss the opening reception, you may see the exhibition through December 21st.  Plus, you can see the exhibition multiple times if you wish!  If you might like more information about the exhibition, including location and hours, please see the Rogue Gallery and Art Center’s Website.

To explain, every year the Rogue Gallery has a Member’s Exhibition from mid November through mid December.  For fun, creativity, and consistency, the show has an assigned theme.  So, the theme for this year’s member exhibition is “Icons”.

I’d like to share with you the show statement by the Rogue Gallery is as follows:

” Icons as signs, symbols or personalities can signify the eternal, a particular time, or the ephemeral. In the 2016 Annual Members’ Exhibition, over sixty artists present their icons using a variety of media and styles”.

I like that the gallery encourages a broad interpretation of “icons”.  I can hardly wait to see how other artists interpreted this particular theme.

Icons, Symbols or?

I had a difficult time with this particularly theme.  In my mind, I kept seeing Byzantine era icons.  So I tried to brain storm for new ideas.  Then, I had the problem of deciphering what is a symbol or icon.  Or, how about the word “iconic”?  Iconic women of myth?  Or modern day female icons?  Or, really are they symbols or metaphors?

As you might imagine, I can twist my brain in knots for a long time over the entire “icon” theme.  Do you suppose that is why the gallery gave artists a year to think about the theme?  So, yes I’m still thinking!

Icon or symbol, regardless, I am happy to have my mermaid share gallery space with so many other fine works of art.

Artist Statement

My own artist statement about this particular “Mermaid with Net At Night” is as follows:

“What can be more romantic than a mermaid alone at night?  I imagined that a mermaid in today’s seas would find lots of debris, some being quite useful.  In this case, she is examining a net.  Is she using it for herself, or is she caught in the net?  I expect that the story might go either way.

I like to think that my mermaid is protecting her fellow creatures of the sea.”

Details

Now for a little bit of technical data, I painted my mermaid with watercolor and the image size is 10×7.  I have enclosed it in a white mat and black frame.

If you would like to collect my mermaid, you may purchase the painting through the gallery for the next month.

And, naturally, you may always contact me if you’d like more information!

In the meantime, please enjoy my painting and thank you for your time!

 

 

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